[1/25/17] Even as Democrats publicly and loudly decry corporatist political “dark money,” billionaire Democrats and other donors funnel hundreds of millions to radical and violent causes.
Barely a week had passed after Donald Trump’s historic upset in the November 8 presidential election, but some of the world’s richest individuals were already launching a counteroffensive. George Soros and his fellow deep-pocket funders of the Democratic Party and left-wing causes gathered with a lineup of party activists and luminaries from Hollywood, K Street, and Wall Street for a three-day “investment conference” (November 15-17) at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C. The conference was entitled “2016-2018-2020: Seizing Opportunity & Building Power.” These are folks who know a thing or two about seizing power — political, economic, and social. They are the “partners” of the Democracy Alliance, an elite invitation-only club of uber-rich donors who are credited with dumping hundreds of millions of dollars into political campaigns and radical movements in recent years.
While much of what Soros and the Democracy Alliance donors are doing is perfectly legal, a considerable portion of their cash is sluiced into a network of “pass through” foundations and organizations that fund illegal — and even violent — activities. The WikiLeaks e-mails and the undercover video “interviews” by Project Veritas, featuring boastful admissions of criminal acts by Bob Creamer, Scott Foval, Cesar Vargas, Zulema Rodriguez, and Aaron Black, have confirmed the worst concerns of critics regarding “dark money” flowing through the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton campaign.
In one video, Foval actually connects the dots, noting that the illegal funding goes through the Clinton campaign to the DNC, to Creamer’s group and on to Foval, who then, says Foval, “executes the sh*t on the ground.” Bob Creamer, a top Democratic operative, tells the hidden camera that Clinton’s campaign “is fully in it…. Hillary knows through the chain of command what’s going on.” New York lawyer Cesar Vargas, a key DNC operative helping to get illegal aliens into the voting stream, tells Project Veritas: “Yeah, and for me I totally get it, this is illegal; this is something that can be done.” Clinton campaign staff member Zulema Rodriguez is recorded on video taking credit for organizing the March 2016 anti-Trump riots in Chicago that resulted in police officers being injured and caused Trump to cancel his rally.
A thorough congressional investigation of these criminal activities and the dark money channels that fund them is absolutely essential if our elections are to have continued relevance and our constitutional Republic is to survive.
Trump’s victory has stoked the Left’s fears and fervor like no other event. An entry on the agenda for the closed Democracy Alliance (DA) meeting at the Mandarin described President-elect Trump’s plan for America as “a terrifying assault on President Obama’s achievements — and our progressive vision for an equitable and just nation.”
Gara LaMarche, the president of DA, told the mega-donors gathered at the Mandarin for a pre-conference welcome dinner that their stunning loss on November 8 showed the need for some serious reassessment. The press was not invited to the event, but according to prepared remarks he provided to Politico, he said, “You don’t lose an election you were supposed to win, with so much at stake, without making some big mistakes, in assumptions, strategy and tactics.”
A big part of the DA strategy over the next four years will be to focus on congressional races, as well as putting their people into office in state and local races. An e-mail LaMarche sent to DA partners before the event said they would be assessing “what steps we will take together to resist the assaults that are coming and take back power, beginning in the states in 2017 and 2018.”
One of the vehicles for pressing that agenda will be the State Innovation Exchange, headed by Nick Rathod, a community organizer, former special assistant to President Obama, former staffer at the Soros-Clinton-Podesta Center for American Progress, and former leader in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s national gun-control campaign. A big part of the plan is to boost Democrats into state legislatures in time to be able to control redistricting efforts after the 2020 census. Another likely part is to expand DA donor giving to local political campaigns, such as the recently successful defeat of combative Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio (which cost Soros a mere $2 million!). Soros’ “Safety & Justice” PACs have also funneled more than $3 million into seven local district attorney races in six states. “Criminal justice reform” groups supported by Soros and DA are targeting many more similar races around the country.
Speakers, presenters, and panelists at the DA soirée included such standard fixtures of the establishment Left as Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Representative Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Gara LaMarche, and Van Jones, as well as leaders of the AFL-CIO, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and other labor unions. But the A-List of attendees, around 100 DA “Partners,” are those who can write the big checks, and have been known for giving millions to fund radical “progressive” causes. Although a complete list of this year’s attendees has not been made available, the DA partners include such financial heavyweights as Donald Sussman, Peter Lewis, Herb and Marian Sandler, Tom Steyer, Norman Lear, Rob McKay, Amy Goldman, Philip Munger, Adam Abram — and, of course, the Soros family (George and sons Jonathan and Alex). Not surprisingly, a number of the activist foundations were also listed on the DA agenda as “hosts”: Rockefeller Family Fund, Surdna Foundation, Solidago Foundation, Tides Foundation, JK Irwin Foundation, Arca Foundation, and Wyss Foundation.
Besides George Soros himself, listed presenters at the DA’s 2016 Mandarin confab included Center for Community Change President Deepak Bhargava; Demos President Heather McGhee; Freedom to Marry founder Evan Wolfson, “the architect of the movement that led to a nationwide victory at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015 affirming marriage rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered Americans”; Media Matters for America founder David Brock; and National Center for Transgender Equality executive director Mara Keisling.